Petition update

URGENT! New Adoptee Rights Letter to Send Tonight (6/19) and Tomorrow (6/20)!

Tim Monti-Wohlpart
Brooklyn, NY, United States

Jun 20, 2017 — Friends of “CLEAN” adoption reform,

Happy Monday! Together, we have earned another chance tonight (6/19) and tomorrow morning (6/20) to send a second, new e-mail to the NY Legislature (Assembly and Senate) for “CLEAN” adoption reform! Why? Today we spoke up with your help! And the Assembly postponed a vote on the unacceptable A5036-B / S4845-B at least until tomorrow! Join us!

REMINDER--MUST READ ON ROOTS OF ADOPTEE DISCRIMINATION IN NEW YORK!
http://nypost.com/2017/06/17/this-woman-stole-children-from-the-poor-to-give-to-the-rich/

STATUS:
1. Legislative session is still slated to adjourn this week, on Wednesday 6/21, and reconvene in January 2018.
2. Our “Clean” bill (A6821-A / S5169-A) is alive, but remains in Senate and Assembly Health Committees
3. The unacceptable, regressive proposal (A5036-B / S4845-B), which would discriminate against all New York adult adoptees, remains on the Assembly floor calendar and, sadly, for the third year in a row, may still be voted on tomorrow (6/20) or Wednesday (6/21).

FOR A SECOND TIME THIS WEEK, LET’S ALL WRITE THE NEW YORK LEGISLATURE TONIGHT AND TOMORROW (SEE CUT AND PASTE E-MAIL ADDRESSES BELOW TOO)!

SUGGESTED E-MAIL TITLE:
Adoptee Rights Now! Reject Regressive A5036-B / S4845-B! Support A6821-A / S5169-A!

SUGGESTED NOTE AND / OR PHONE SCRIPT (ADD YOUR STORY!):
Hello. My name is ________ and I am contacting you from ________. I am one of over two thousand eight hundred supporters of the “Citizens Petition to Restore, and Advance, a ‘Clean’ New York Bill of Adoptee Rights.”

We continue to respectfully ask the following:
1. Please reject A5036-B / S4845-B
2. Please cosponsor and advance A6821-A / S5169-A

As our latest appeal stated, a new article from the New York Post helps to explain why the unacceptable policy of sealed adoption records in New York took place, and why bills that discriminate against adoptees today (A5036-B / S4845-B) must be rejected.

http://nypost.com/2017/06/17/this-woman-stole-children-from-the-poor-to-give-to-the-rich/

What are some examples of how A5036-B / S4845-B would discriminate against adoptees, and be even less fair than the current sealed records law?

Under the present, discriminatory law, adoptees may gain access via rarely granted court orders, not provided in cursory fashion.

Under the unacceptable, regressive A5036-B / S4845-B:
1. Adoptee discrimination would continue. It would be a step backward, not forward.
2. Birth parents, who were never offered life-long anonymity, nor do they want it over 95% of the time, would receive the new right to have adoptees’ birth certificates redacted.
3. If the birth parents do not respond or cannot be located via the expensive 120-day state quest to locate them, then the judges would retain the “discretion” to redact anyway.
4. Where there are two identified birth parents, and only one requests confidentiality, the release of the other birth parent’s information would, amazingly, also be subject to the discretion of the court.
5. So, even birth parents who want to share their names may, at the end of the day, be blocked from doing so.
6. Note that the judges went on record, in the January 2014 Health Committee hearing, as opposing adoptee access. So, all court “discretion” is known, in advance, to be biased against fairness to adoptees! This is unacceptable by any objective standard!

Features of the “clean” New York Bill of Adoptee Rights (A6821-A / S5169-A):
1. Adoptee human rights will be honored. All people deserve to know their origins upon request without any court involvement!
2. Unrestricted access to long form original birth certificates (OBC) for adult adoptees, just like all citizens and adults who “age-out” of foster care!
3. OBC access for family, or legal representatives, if the adoptee is deceased
4. OBC access for legal representatives / social services
5. Policy that works in nine other states and other nations
6. Policy that has withstood legal challenge (Oregon)

Benefits of “clean” adoption reform (A6821-A / S5169-A) include:
1. Protection of health by making access to medical history quicker
2. Saving taxpayer funds compared to other proposals
3. Demonstration that New York is serious about multi-partisan efforts for human and civil rights
4. Saving time to avoid other incremental, or regressive proposals (A5036-B / S4845-B), that would require additional legislative action

As on February 10, 2015, when the Assembly Health Committee voted 23 – 2 in favor of “clean” adoption reform, it’s time to advance the new, New York Bill of Adoptee Rights (A6821-A / S5169-A).

Our cause is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), just to name a few.

Please reject A5036-B / S4845-B and co-sponsor, and call for advancement, of A6821-A / S5169-A.

Thank you!

E-MAIL DATABASE (TO COPY and PASTE, suggest Blind Carbon Copy):
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You, the stars of adoption reform, did great today and we thank you for your continued support!

Again, we will update all very soon!

Our voices are rising for true New York adoption reform!

Onward!

Tim, Doris and Jennifer


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